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New York Giants Notes: Back to the Table

Monday is an important day for NFL fans, and so are the rest of the days this week. The players and owners will once again come to the table to try and hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement, and their self-imposed deadline of midnight Friday (Saturday morning) looms in the near distance. Either a deal gets done, or the owners will lock out the players. The former would invoke the biggest collective sign of relief you've ever heard across the nation. The latter would result in legal clashes that could get ugly and drag on into what would be the 2011 season, a prospect that pretty much no one wants to come to fruition.

Goodell, Smith fight through rough patches - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith are hardly chummy. Unlike their respective predecessors, Paul Tagliabue and Gene Upshaw, Goodell and Smith are not attempting to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement on the strength of a strong personal relationship. Yet as the two leaders push toward a peaceful compromise that is likely to avert the work stoppage most of us have seen coming for well over a year, they have displayed many common qualities, most notably a deep-seated respect for professional football and the fans who have made it far and away America’s most popular sport.

I couldn't have said it any better. Now let's get a deal done, boys!

Oh, but first, here is a tidbit about the NFL Coaches Association, and how some teams are planning a 25 percent pay cut for coaches if there is a lockout. The Giants are not one of those teams, though many of us are in favor of a 100 percent pay cut for special teams coach Tom Quinn.

Taylor can't block media from child support case -
A judge on Friday rejected former NFL star Lawrence Taylor's attempt to have the news media barred from court proceedings involving him and the mother of a 12-year-old girl he fathered but has never met.

I really wish I never had to re-post stuff like this, because it saddens me every time. I guess you hope that your favorite players are able to play, as Taylor once said, "Like a bunch of crazed dogs," but then leave the "crazy" tendencies on the field both during and after their careers.

New York Giants, New York Yankees fan made abuse of this Philly supporter a lot of fun |
A big sports fan, Maggie loved the New York Giants and the New York Yankees. As a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies, I was an easy target for Maggie. "How many Super Bowls have you won?" she would say.

It is very sad that we lost one of our most passionate Giants fans, but mostly just sad in general for Maggie's family and friends. RIP, Maggie.